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Youth Combat

Pennsic Youth Combat Coordinator

Lord Hroudland

Youth Combat Marshal in Charge

Sergeant Sven of Havenhold

All youths ages 6–17 are invited to join us on the battlefield for the Pennsic Youth Combat Program.

The basis for the Pennsic 46 Youth Combat rules is the Society Youth Combat Handbook issued in January 2016.

Youth Combat Age Divisions

  • Division 1: ages 6–9

  • Division 2: ages 10–13

  • Division 3: ages 14–17

Youths who have been moved up a division, or held back because of size, strength, or maturity, and youths from kingdoms with different age divisions, may participate in the division that is most appropriate based on their home kingdom authorization.

Procedural Notes

Loaner Gear

The Youth Combat program at Pennsic does not supply loaner gear.


Each Kingdom may elect to hold authorization sessions for Youth Combat during the week. Check at the Youth Combat administration tent for more information.


Youth combatants are expected to provide service at Pennsic. At a minimum, this will take the form of field sweeps for trash and water bottles in our own lists as well as the surrounding area.


We encourage parents and marshals-in-training to volunteer at the Youth Combat list.

Registration & Supervision

A parent/legal guardian must accompany their child/youth to the field and complete the registration process. To accommodate the growing number of youths attending Pennsic with a single parent, or with parents who are very active at Pennsic, the following parental presence rules will be in effect at the Youth Combat lists.

  1. Division 1 participants must have a parent/guardian/notorized guardian or other adult (age 18 or older, as designated by their parent/legal guardian) remain with them during Youth Combat sessions.
    1. The parent/legal guardian must identify and introduce the responsible adult to the youth marshals in charge so that the youth marshals can confirm the parent-approved responsible adult designation and make sure that rapid contact information (cell phone numbers or two-way radio information) is documented on the youth combat sign-in forms.
    2. The designated responsible adult is required to have the rapid contact information with him/her during the Youth Combat sessions.
    3. Parents must repeat the above procedure if they decide to appoint additional or different responsible adults during the course of Pennsic.
  2. Division 2: In accordance with the Pennsic Youth policies, participants under the age of 12 must be within voice range or in sight of a responsible adult or teenager while participating in Youth Combat. This encompasses the area immediately surrounding the Youth List Fields.
  3. All Youth Combatants and their responsible parent/adult/teenager will sign-in with the marshals for each session. Even if a Youth Combatant has attended the morning session, a separate sign-in is necessary for the afternoon session.

Pennsic Youth Combat Marshal Background Check Policy

The marshals in charge of Youth Combat at Pennsic, as listed on the Pennsic staff list, must present proof of a current SCA required background check(s) before they can assume their roles at Pennsic. Additionally, the Background Check Policy applies to those marshals put in charge of the individual list fields for Divisions 1, 2, 3 and the youth combat administration tent.

Schedule / Tournaments

The Youth Combat program will run from Thursday, August 3 through Thursday, August 10.

Sessions are scheduled daily from 8 – 10:30 am and 3 – 5 pm, with a few exceptions. Times may vary to avoid conflicting with other events. Melee will not be available if a tournament is scheduled on the lists.

The Youth Combat List Field is open evenings for additional activities. Please check the schedule at the Youth Combat List for more information.

Tournaments & Activities

Sunday, August 6
2:30 - 5:30 pm – East/Middle Youth Round Robin Tournament
Monday, August 7
7 - 9 pm – Hunters Home Youth Pole Arm Tourney
Tuesday, August 8
2:30 - 5 pm – Bear Pit tournament
7 - 9 pm – Youth Combat Open Field
Wednesday, August 9
3 - 6 pm – Æthelmearc Youth/Adult Tag Team tourney (Battlefield Blue List)
Thursday, August 10
8 am - noon – Youth Armored Castle Battle (Fort)
7 - 9 pm – Night with the Knights

Please check the schedule at the Youth Combat List for updated tournament schedules. Also see the Pennsic University class listing for any Youth Combat classes.

Pennsic 46 Youth Combat Rules of the List

  1. No youth combat may occur without the presence of a warranted youth marshal.
  2. The word "HOLD" is to be used by marshals, fighters, parents or spectators to stop combat activities when they see a problem. When witnessing a behavior, weapon or armor condition that is unacceptable or dangerous, "HOLD" is to be used.
  3. Any combatant who refuses to obey the commands of the marshals shall be removed from the field.
  4. Parents, guardians, mentors and other observers are expected to act with courtesy and behave in a responsible manner when in the list area.
  5. Shields must be appropriate to the size, strength and control of the fighter. A fighter may be asked to demonstrate control with a shield if it appears to be too heavy or large to handle properly.
  6. Shields may not be used as offensive weapons. NO contact between shield and the opponent's body is allowed.
  7. All combatants must present their Kingdom-issued authorization information to participate in youth combat tournaments and melees,
  8. At no time shall there be tournament combat between different divisions.
  9. "Death From Behind" conventions will not be used.
  10. Engagement shall be the same as for adult armored combat at Pennsic.

Armor and Weapons


Prior to participating in youth combat activities, and at the beginning of each session, all equipment must be inspected and shall meet all safety and armor requirements of the appropriate division.

Armor Standards

Standards are per the SCA Youth Combat Rules with this additional note: HELMET – A helmet with a lengthy open slot across the face, such as a catcher’s mask eye slot which does not have a nasal guard, will not be permitted in Divisions 2 or 3.

Weapon Specifications

Standards are per the SCA Youth Combat rules, with these additional notes:

DIVISION 1: Cores of 1/2 inch nominal Siloflex are permitted for use in smaller hands. Golf tube cores are also permitted.

THROWING HAMMERS made without a solid core, which otherwise meet the safety criteria for weapon builds, may be used in melee if the marshal permits thrown weapons.

Shield Standards

Standards are per the SCA Youth Combat rules. There is now a minimum shield edge thickness of 1/2 inch.

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